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20 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Around 1.4 million people are displaced within South Sudan. Another 448,500 have fled to neighboring countries.
  • Acute respiratory infection surpassed malaria as the main cause of illness among displaced people.
  • The conflict has caused unprecedented displacement of millions of cattle
    from conflict-affected areas into areas outside usual pastoral lands, altering disease patterns.

3.8 million People to be assisted by the end of the year

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Key focus:
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 25 years on

Highlights:

  • 150,000 school bags have been distributed in conflict affected districts of Amran as part of the national Back to School campaign

  • 30,964 marginalized, disadvantaged and most vulnerable children have received birth certificates since September in Taiz Governorate.

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 3.4 milion children under-5 years were vacinated against polio during the National Immunisation Days (NID) in November, surpasing the 3.2 milion target. Meanwhile, the final round of NIDs for 2014 tok place from 2 to 5 December.

  • The first round of a polio immunisation campaign targeting children under-15 years in the thre conflict-afected states of Jonglei, Unity and Uper Nile began on 5 December.

16 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• One year after the conflict began, children are still under daily threat in South Sudan. Over 1.9 million people, over half of whom are children, have fled their homes. The health system has been weakened, with outbreaks of polio, cholera and kala-azar reported. 400,000 children have been forced out of school and an increase in grave child rights violations were recorded over past years.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

13 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

● Partners finalized the planning process for 2015. The Humanitarian Response Plan for 2015 seeks $1.8 billion to assist 4.1 million people.

● Fighting continued to be reported in Fangak, Jonglei State, displacing thousands of people to different locations.

● Tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS were the most common causes of death during the month of November in displacement and Protection of Civilian sites.

● Fourth round of nationwide polio immunization campaign reached 2,431,388 out of the targeted 3.3 million children.

11 Dec 2014 description

Summary

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

  1. Provide timely and quality life-saving assistance to people in humanitarian crisis and emergency.

  2. Enhance the scale and quality of humanitarian protection services and improve the broader protective environment through preventative measures.

  3. Strengthen the resilience of vulnerable households and communities through livelihood support, programmes for critical gaps in basic social services and social protection that complement disaster risk reduction, recovery and development interventions.

11 Dec 2014 description
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(Mogadishu, 10 December 2014) Speaking after the launch of the 2015 Global Humanitarian Response plans in Geneva on 8 December 2014, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, revealed that humanitarian organizations in Somalia require US$ 863 million to meet the most urgent needs of 2.76 million Somalis in 2015. “The humanitarian situation in Somalia has significantly deteriorated this year, for the first time since the end of the 2011 famine.

09 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 3–9 December

Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.

08 Dec 2014 description

December 2014 – Despite lack of proper financial rewards, thousands of dedicated vaccinators, health educators and volunteers in southern Aden governorate devoted their time and energy to conduct a national immunization campaign.

In the recent measles, rubella and polio campaign, which took place from 9 to 20 November 2014, these selfless people maximized all their efforts to ensure the success of the campaign in which around half of Yemen’s population were vaccinated against measles and rubella.

For these people, saving lives is the “biggest gain”.

05 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fighting continued to be reported in Fangak, Jonglei State, displacing an unverified number of people to different locations.

  • Polio vaccination campaign for children under 15 years old continued in Jonglei, Lakes and Unity states

  • More than 5,000 children are accessing education in Bentiu PoC, Unity State.

04 Dec 2014 description
  • In the north of Madagascar, supplementary immunization activities are planned for December in response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus. National Immunization Days are planned for January. The aim is to boost immunity across the country against all strains of poliovirus using trivalent oral polio vaccine.

  • For the first time ever, only 1 case of wild poliovirus has been reported in Africa in the last 4 months. The case had onset of paralysis on 11 August in Somalia.

04 Dec 2014 description

PRIORITY NEEDS

After two years of incremental improvements, a mix of drought, insecurity, surging food prices, increasing malnutrition, access constraints and funding shortages have led to a serious deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Somalia.

03 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,938 individuals, comprising 191,369 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,569 who entered through the Assosa region.

  • The average arrival rate of South Sudanese refugees to the Gambella region has remained low as the rainy season comes to an end.

03 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Relative calm provided UNICEF and partners the opportunity to assess and begin an immediate response to the needs of IDPs in Bentiu town. Of 129 children screened for malnutrition, 2.3 per cent were suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 10.1 per cent from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Children identified with malnutrition were referred for treatment.

03 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• UNICEF has had to discontinue primary health care services for approximately 1.5 million people in parts of Central South Zone (CSZ) when partnership agreements could not be renewed due to lack of funding (only 24 per cent of health funding for 2014 has been received). 300,000 children under-5 are currently without access to lifesaving primary health care services and free immunizations.

03 Dec 2014 description
report Miraya FM

The Director of the Expanded Programme on Immunization, Anthony Laku says the polio injections will be introduced next year to reduce on possible side effects caused by the oral vaccines.

Meanwhile, the Central Equatoria State Ministry of Health has launched a Polio Immunization campaign.

Vaccinators will move from door to door to ensure every child under the age of five is vaccinated. The campaign ends on Friday.

02 Dec 2014 description

Niger: 10,000 refugees arrived in Diffa region from Damasack, Nigeria. Most were fleeing forced recruitment by Boko Haram, and some unaccompanied children were reported. More than 105,000 people have arrived from Nigeria since May 2013, and the rate is increasing. The newly displaced are in a critical situation, and Diffa faces serious gaps in service provision.

01 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • Eight suspected Guinea Worm Disease cases were reported in Malakal PoC in the last two months and are being investigated.

  • A cumulative total of 274 Acute Flacid Paralysis (AFP) cases have ben reported since January 2014.

  • Visceral Leishmaniasis (kala-azar) cases and deaths rose to 6,854 and 190 (CFR 2.8%) respectively.